ISIS Turns to Soccer for Recruitment

August 18, 2016

With mosques under increasing surveillance, the Islamic State has identified soccer as a recruiting ground. Abu Otaiba, the nom du guerre of a self-taught imam and Islamic State (IS) recruiter in Jordan, uses soccer to attract recruits. “We take them to farms, or private homes. There we...

Jihadists Threaten the Nation State

January 26, 2016

International cooperation is essential to destroy sanctuaries of militant jihadism in Asia. In July 2015, at the BRICS Summit, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said: “While threats to global order in general and to the state system in particular are increasing, the response is...

How Do Terrorist Groups and Cults Attract Followers?

November 29, 2015

Knowingly or unknowingly, we may be supporting and promoting groups like Daesh instead of crippling and destroying them. In the fight against terrorist groups or cults, we should take care not to promote them in any way or to make it easier for them to recruit. Our first line of defense should...

The Hunt for “Jihadi John” Moves to Football

January 26, 2015

The hunt for Jihadi John has cast a spotlight over football as a recruitment tool for jihadists. The United Kingdom’s search for “Jihadi John” — the masked, British-accented fighter who appears in beheading videos of foreigners condemned to death by the Islamic State (IS) — has...

Returning From Syria: Terrorism in the West

March 01, 2014

Western security services need to be on guard to handle a new terrorist threat from Syria. With numerous foreign fighters converging in Syria over the last couple of years, the following question needs to be asked: What happens to the face of terrorism once the foreign fighters return...

Lessons from the Egyptian Revolution

February 12, 2014

Egyptians psychologically need a strong national institution. Two sayings often come to my mind when I think about the Egyptian revolution these days. The first is attributed to Prophet Mohammed: "khayr al-amur al-wasat" (the best path is the middle one). The second is attributed to James...

Tunisia: Skirting Along a Precipice That Leads to Failed Statedom?

January 08, 2014

Tunisia seems to have become fertile ground for jihadist groups. On December 14, 2013, Tunisia’s ruling Islamists reached an agreement with opposition parties choosing Mehdi Jomaa, the current Tunisian industry minister, to serve as interim prime minister until elections in 2014. Jomaa, a...

Running Off To War

December 07, 2013

The Syrian war is not simply a magnet for extremists. I was at a wedding not long ago of two dear female friends. The ceremony mixed together various religious traditions, including a Quaker meeting where people in the audience could stand up and speak spontaneously. After a number of people had...

Egypt: No Coup Without a Plan

July 16, 2013

The coup in Egypt is a consequence of the military’s direct interests. By Stephan Roll and Max Gallien For many observers, the return of the military to the political scene in Egypt did not come as a surprise, as it regards itself as a guardian of public order, which was under threat from...

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